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2                                  LETTERS   FROM   THE

I have had a visit from the famous Count
Cagliostro, who harangued us for three hours in
bad French, taken from the Italian, entirely about
himself and his sufferings; sometimes entertaining,
generally tedious and like a charlatan; but better
than I expected from the accounts I had received.
He is a little brown man, with an ignoble face,
good eyes, high forehead and bald. Nothing Jew-
ish. He boasts of his wealth and disinterestedness,
and talks of himself in the third person  "Le
Comte de Cagliostro." He promises in six months
to publish, gratis, a full account of his life, in
English, French and Italian, in six octavo volumes
a dreadful threat.1

It is supposed the Duke of Rutland and Mr.
Pitt are both favourable to the Catholics. The
latter is said to be religiously inclined. A person
in office told Wraxall an anecdote which he thought
illustrative of the different ministers. When, in
1783, some concession from Russia arrived which
was very unexpected, but about which they were

i The real name of tMs celebrated charlatan, whose
pretended knowledge of magic and magnetism gained for
Mm so great an influence at one period, was Joseph
Balsamo. He was of low extraction, and born at Palermo
in 1743. He contrived to marry one of the most beautiful
women in Italy, named Lorenza Feliciani, who to a good
family added a considerable property. Through her aid
he ended by making a large fortune.